Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 13th 2016 by Blue Tulip Publishing.
Driven. Private. Insanely talented.
Gray Blakewood is the most successful crime writer under the age of thirty—and he has a secret that could cost him his life.
He just wants to finish his latest novel before his world unravels, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful distraction.
Meredith Ryan, his new personal assistant, has seen more than her fair share of hard knocks. And, still, she’s the sweetest person he’s ever met.
She deserves a lifetime of happiness—which he can’t offer.
But he can’t seem to stay away.
This is the second book I have read of Stephanie's and I have to say that I love her writing and what she writes about. The characters are people with both physical and mental issues to overcome. Not the normal girl meets boy, fall in love, have insecurities, break up before realizing what they lost and then get back together. This one is about a man with a brain tumor. As a nurse and someone who has a hubby who has a brain injury, I can relate and understand a lot of the book. I was sucked right in!
Gray's brother hires a nursing student, Meredith, to be Gray's personal assistant since Gray has seizures from his tumor. Gray doesn't want to take his medicine because it makes it difficult to create his story since he is an author. I can relate to that medicine as I have taken it for migraines myself and it makes you stupid!So she would drive him and such since he is noncompliant!
There is an instant attraction between Gray and Meredith the moment they met. As they get to know each other the lines between boss and employee gets blurred. When he has a seizure in front of her and her toddler son he falls on her and they both go down. While he is recovering in her lap, her son, Oscar, is crying and Meredith is crying and she is soothing his head by combing it with her fingers. It's a disaster but he loves what she is doing to him and hates that it happened all at the same time. That is their beginning!
Meanwhile, Meredith's own life is an aweful mess! She lives with her ex and his parents. Meredith never does anything for herself. Gray sees this and tries to put her "first". Meredith feels it and finally begins to accept it all only for several bad things to happen next! Those things are what happens in real life!
Here is where real life happens and things get ugly and not because of insecurites but because of serious illnesses. That just broke my heart! That made me love it all the more!
My only beef is that it ended too abruptly. I wasn't sure if the ending resolved all my questions or not!?!
If you like real life illnesses, sad living situations, toddlers, family and finding love where you wouldn't think so, then this is for you!
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